Michael Bloomberg, the wealthiest 2020 candidate, used prison labor to help his campaign

The Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, who with a net worth of about $54 billion is the wealthiest member of the 2020 field, used prisoners to make phone calls to California for his 2020 campaign, The Intercept reported on Tuesday.

Bloomberg’s campaign contracted a New Jersey-based call-center company called ProCom via a third-party vendor. ProCom has call centers in New Jersey and Oklahoma, and two of the Oklahoma ones are operated out of state prisons, according to the report.

People incarcerated at the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, a minimum-security facility for women, were making calls on behalf of Bloomberg’s campaign, The Intercept reported based on information from a source who requested anonymity for fear of retribution.